Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Go Green, The Lorax and Phonics fun

Make a "Cat in the Hat" Hat using Yogurt Cup
Today is Dr. Seuss' birthday and Suessational Celebration NEA's Read Across America Day! The theme for this year, Read Across America celebration is green(Read with the Trees). NEA(National Education Association) has chosen the Lorax book as well as NBC/Universal's The Lorax movie for the campaign, more information found here.

Universal Pictures is releasing the movie version of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax today. I hope the movie will deliver the good message of protecting trees to the kids.

Interested in protecting the forest and endangered species of our planet, Do stop by and check the Lorax Project at

We made a Cat in the Hat craft from a yogurt cup to go along with the theme of Go Green! We(CJ and I) had a discussion about recycling and re-purposing.
We are huge fans of Dr. Seuss books though I have personal dislikes for few of the books. Our Favorites are Green Eggs and Ham; Hop on Pop; I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (Beginner Books); One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; The Lorax (Classic Seuss)

Here is my little cat trying to read the book - I can read with my eyes Shut

Cat in the Hat Craft

Materials Used:
Dannon yogurt Cup(32 oz)
Red and white construction paper
Glue Stick
Sticky tape

Steps Overview:

Cut strips of red and White construction paper

Glue the strips onto the yogurt cup

Cut an Elastic string to fit your child. Attach the loose ends of the Elastic string to the inside of the yogurt cup using sticky tape

Striped Cat Hat ready to wear! CJ loves her new Hat especially that she can store lot of small stuff inside her hat like The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about that.

Put small/soft stuffs inside the hat and wear it!

Phonics Fun: Make your own Cat in the Hat book

Dr. Seuss Birthday with out phonics fun, Rhythm and Rhyme! I thought of doing a Rhyming fun learning activity with CJ, a chart with all 3 letter "AT" ending words,BAT,CAT,EAT,... But CJ insisted on creating a book. So we are working on creating a small book. It's not complete yet. But I thought it would be fun to share

Materials Used:
poster board
Alphabet Stamps(We got them from the kid's Aisle of Walmart)
Stamping pads
DIY stamps(Sometime back we made them using foam stickers + Foam counting blocks)

Fold a poster board for the cover page of the book. Staple few sheets of paper together and Attach the papers to the inside of the cover page.

We used Stamps, Stamping pad and printed words, images on the book

Cover page

Inside sneak peek, I will update more pictures when we complete the book:-)


  1. This is such a great way to upcycle!

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

  2. I love the hat!

    Thanks for sharing with Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles :)